|02:22 pm - Wherein Condi disciplines a bratty militia and makes the country cry.|
Sudan Security Roughs Up Rice Delegation
By ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer; KHARTOUM, Sudan
Sudanese security officers roughed up members of Condoleezza Rice's entourage Thursday and spoiled the African nation's hopes of showing off a new peace deal and improving a bruised reputation with the United States.
The secretary of state gave Sudan's foreign minister a 90-minute deadline to make a personal apology, and he met it.
Sudan got no promise from Rice that the United States would push to lift economic sanctions or remove the nation from the State Department's list of countries that sponsor terrorism. [...]
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I have to say, that was remarkably - nay, incredibly - stupid. I mean, shoving the aide to Secretary of State of the United States into a wall? What sorts of idiots were these guards, and what sort of idiot placed such idiots in contact with ultra-high-ranking diplomats?
But you know what really caught my eye? It was the comment that Andrea Mitchell, NBC's diplomatic reporter, is married to Alan Greenspan. More and more I'm hearing about very important reporters who are related by blood or marriage to the people on whom they are reporting (or to the friends of the people they report on). I can't help but think that it's unwise to have members of the aristocracy reporting on the aristocracy.